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University Hospitals Dorset (UHD), formerly known as The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH), provides health care for the residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and part of the New Forest with a total population of around 550,000, which rises during the summer months. Some specialist services cover a wider catchment area, including Poole, the Purbecks and South Wiltshire.

The trust gained Foundation Status in 2005, following three consecutive years as a three star performing trust. RBCH provides services to patients from the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, which are located about three miles apart on the South Coast.

Location and cost of living

Dorset’s relaxed lifestyle is measured with an upbeat and progressive approach to business. Bournemouth, the largest town in Dorset, has its own international airport and it’s only 95 minutes by rail direct to London Waterloo. The city offers something for everyone and many who move here cannot imagine living anywhere else in England. With its seven miles of golden sandy beaches, many with Blue Flag accreditation for quality, parks and gardens, temperate climate (the annual rainfall is well below the national average) and popular nightlife, Bournemouth attracts a rich mix of professionals, students, creatives and sports enthusiasts.

Education is well provided for with above national average results consistently achieved across the borough’s schools.

One of the biggest draws is sport, either using the coastal environment to sail, surf, windsurf, kitesurf and paddleboard, or for enjoying the rich landscape for cycling, walking or hiking in the neighbouring New Forest or picturesque Purbeck. Bournemouth’s Football Club has also seen significant success in recent years and is upwardly mobile in its newly revamped stadium, just two miles from the University Hospitals Dorset’ site.

Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating outstanding!

CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC makes sure health and social care service providers – such as University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust – offer people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. They carry out regular inspections and provide reports on the care and the progress since their previous report. The CQC last inspected the trust in March 2018 and published their report in June 2018.

The inspection looked at safety, and whether services are effective, caring, responsive and well-led. It was leadership at the trust that gained a rating of “Outstanding”. The trust is “Good” for being safe, effective, caring and responsive to people’s needs. 

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “The board and staff must also be congratulated for setting out an aim to be the most improved trust by 2017 and working towards that, and for its achievement in working collaboratively with local stakeholders to help transform local health service throughout Dorset.”

The inspection identified “that Trust leadership had taken a cultural approach to improving services, ensuring that quality improvement and continuous improvement were integral to the everyday workings of the Trust”.

Inspectors visited the trust during a particularly busy time and made a number of observations, including:

  • We observed a deeply positive and embedded culture of caring.
  • The Trust had planned and provided services in a way that met the needs of local people, such as investing time and money to support people living with dementia.
  • Patients with complex needs were taken into account when delivering and organising services.
  • Patients and those close to them felt fully involved in all aspects of care with staff providing compassionate and consistent support.
  • The Trust has an exemplary reporting system for sharing learning, improvements and best practice.

Providing the excellent care we would expect for our own families. In order to do this, we have been redefining what is important to us as we go about our daily work – our values.

The trust's values
Communicate: Say it, hear it, do it!
the trust's values
Improve: Change it!
the trust's values
Pride: Show it!
the trust's values
Teamwork: Share it!
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Our values are shared beliefs that are important in the way we work regardless of the role we hold in the organisation. They impact on what we do and say, how we say it and how we look when we speak to patients, carers and each other.

The values were created by both patients and employees to highlight what is important in how we go about providing excellent care for every patient, every day, every where.

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